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Internet Privacy Groups Say Attorney General's Airbnb Subpoena is an Illegal "Fishing Expedition" for Information on Users

November 19, 2013

As Courthouse News first reported, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy & Technology have filed a joint amicus brief in support of Airbnb. In a press release earlier this week, EFF's senior staff attorney, Mark Zimmerman, said, "Indiscriminate subpoenas that seek the identity and other personal information of thousands of Internet users without specific justification are improper and should be quashed. It is not enough for the state to speculate that some Airbnb users might have broken some law at some unknown point. An online service's users deserve to be protected from fishing expeditions like this one."

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